The Boston Red Sox and their fans joined Major League Baseball and its players’ union to donate $646,500 to a fund set up to help those most affected by the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.
The Red Sox made a $100,000 gift to The One Fund Boston, while the MLB and the MLB Players Association contributed a total of $500,000. An additional $46,500 was given from the Red Sox Foundation as a result of fan donations made at Boston’s Fenway Park during games of April 20-21.
Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and David Ortiz presented the check to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino yesterday.
“All of us are grateful to the first responders, doctors, volunteers, city officials and the many who have been instrumental in helping save lives in this great American city,” MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “We commend the people of Boston on their remarkable strength and solidarity, and the national pastime is honored to contribute to the recovery.”
Three people were killed and more than 175 others injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The race is always held on Patriots Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts celebrated with pancake breakfasts, a re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and a rare morning baseball game at Fenway Park.
“When the game ends, many of the more than 37,000 fans walk from Fenway Park to the finish line to cheer the Marathon runners on Boylston Street,” Red Sox owner John Henry said. “This tragedy directly affected many of our most ardent fans. We continue to send our sympathies to all who have felt the impact of these terribly sad events.”
Red Sox officials said they will continue to raise funds and awareness for those affected by the Boston bombings in conjunction with MLB and the MLBPA. Baseball will encourage fans to donate to The One Fund during its national telecasts and promote the charity with signage behind home plate.
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